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    July 23, 2011
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here's a look at some of the interesting news in teams that you might have missed this weekend. remember shannon stone who fell to his death a couple of weeks ago while catching a baseball for his son. the texas rangers announced they are going raise the height of all the railings in front of the seating area. they will post new warnings around the park. the most anticipated dress the year is now on display in london. it is the gown that katherine wore when she married britain's prince william. the ivory and white is a in the dress is the centerpiece at buckingham palaces annual summer opening. the gone stands on a special platform topped off with a tiara the queen loaned katherine for that wedding. wolf blitzer joins us in such a few minutes. first breaking news.
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we want to get you caught up right now. survivor describing how he avoided the gunman that shot up a youth camp in norway. 85 people died following a bombing in the capital of oslo which claimed seven lives. police have suspect in custody. michael, what's happening now? >> reporter: yeah. i can tell you, we've just heard on local media here that the lawyer for the suspect in this case, his name is anders behring breivik, the lawyer is telling the local television here that the shooting suspect believed that his actions were atrocious, but necessary. that's within the last few minutes. his lawyer saying that he believed his actions were atrocious but necessary. and how atrocious were there? 85 people, most of them kids
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killed over there on that island, a couple of miles from where i stand right now. behind me is the hotel that's all day been a center for parents of those kids and parents of kids who survived this as well. coming together. they have been having counselling here. a lot of religious people here as well, giving support. the prime minister has come few here today. the king and queen of norway. i've spoken to two other ministers from the cabinet all offering support, coming together to support these families. there are still families back there, don, who are the parents of kids who are missing. there are still missing kids, four of them at the moment and police divers looking for their bodies in the waters. the survivors have been telling horrific tales as this gunman or alleged gunman walked around this island for an hour and a half shooting child after child after child after child. the shooting would stop.
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it would start again. kids saying how they thought it was over and then it wasn't. got some sound bites i want to play to give you a scene of what these kids went through, don. >> translator: it was about 20 to 30 of us trying to swim over. i saw a few of them being shot in the water. it was a very powerful water. you could see the water babying around and you could see when the water turned red. >> it's important we stay together and keep strong. we can't let a coward like that stop us. because going on to an island with only youth and killing them and they have no way to escape, that's a cowardly act. >> reporter: we're talking to a couple of other kids earlier today. they actually came out from here to talk to the media. they wanted to talk about it. they were in some ways defiant. they said this guy will not defeat what they believe in which is the free expression of political opinion. this was a political camp, if you like.
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where kids learn about politics and the political system. you know, they told us about this gunman walking around. some said he had a smile on his face. others said he was expressionless. kids are trying to swim away from the island. >> you mentioned the suspect said it was horrific but he had to do it. are police getting this from him now. is he still being questioned? >> reporter: yeah. it's been on going. questioned all day. it's midnight here. he's still in custody and being questioned. the police describe the questioning as difficult but said that he was talking, and they were getting information from him. there's still some speculation here, police say that some of the accounts by witnesses lead them to believe there's a chance that others were involved in this. but nothing is certain about that. at the moment this is their one guy. the bombing, it's interesting to mention too that started all of this in oslo, seven people
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killed there, 90 wounded, police are telling us they think that death toll will go up. they are still going through the building. they think there's more victims inside those shattered buildings in oslo. >> michael holmes, thank you. ♪ that is amy winehouse singing her hit "rehab." london police found the grammy award winner dead in her apartment. they don't know how she died at this point. she's well known for her adetectivetion problems as well as her talent. we have the very latest from london. we just saw the body recently of amy winehouse being taken and put into a private ambulance. to police -- are they saying anything more about the circumstances surrounding her death at her apartment? >> reporter: police came out in
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the last hour to give a statement to reporters and they were saying right now all they are saying it's unexplained. they also said while there's been a lot of speculation and rumors she may have died of a drug overdose they said that's unconfirmed as a post mortem has not been done. we don't know when that will take place. police have been very limited in what they have been revealing. based on amy winehouse's past, we know her past has been well documented and troubled with drug and alcohol addiction, not only in her songs but with what we've been seeing in the newspapers and tabloids. even on stage when she was performing, one of the last performances she had was about a month ago during her european tour in belgrade where she was booed off the stage and many fans said she didn't seem with it. now many tributes are coming in from her friends and fans.
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one of her producers for her album "back to black" spoke to cnn back in 2010 about amy winehouse. this gives you and idea of how well regarded she was within the music industry. >> you're talking about mark ronson who was her producer and has a sister here who is a d.j.. do we have that? let's listen. >> i definitely didn't make amy a star. i think i helped her find a great sound that was really, really fit well. a, what she wanted to do and b, her songs. i think amy is more responsible for me than the other way around. >> mark ronson and some of the latest reports. he said this is one of the saddest days of my life. he called her a soul mate.
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one of the tributes that are being made out to amy winehouse because even though as we were saying her troubles have been well documented she was a great talent. another reporter here in the uk, in the newspaper was saying, you know, she embodied what was basically the best and worse of the music business. >> thank you. that's the latest in the death of amy winehouse. chicago made the record books not for the heat but its wettest day after. nearly seven inches of rain flooded the roads stranding motorists. 90,000 customers lost power. bus and metro services were disrupted and there were hour long delays at chicago international airport. jacqui jeras, record breaking temperatures and flooding as well. what in the world is is going on? >> a lot going on out there today. you know, that's what it took to break the heat, don, was those thunderstorms come through, a cold front dropping down and
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changes in those temperatures. they cancelled 100 flights out of chicago o'hare. let's talk about this heat. records are breaking and starting to trickle in from noaa. atlantic city, new jersey, 105 degrees today. the temperature. not to mention the heat index. georgetown, delaware, 104. baltimore 102. philadelphia 101 had a high temperature of 100 trees. still feels like 100 right now in central park. take a look at the live picture. you can see the haze in the atmosphere, the air quality not good either as a result of that. we do have some changes on the way with this heat. we'll start to see some improvements for some of you, not everybody. we've seen it here in the upper midwest. 88 feels pretty good in minneapolis compared to where you have been. 89 in chicago. 105 in kansas city. 108 in houston, texas. we have this big dome or big area of high pressure that's been sitting over the nation's mid-section in the east just
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baking. that's where you're seeing this heat building. this stretches miles into the atmosphere and that's why we call at it dome. it looks like those covers you put over your dinner plate. it looks like that. that cooler air finally drift southward. that's why we're seeing showers and thunderstorms along the cold front but make it feel better and boston and say new york city as we head into tomorrow. let's do show you a couple of those thunderstorms. here's our radar map to see where they have been blowing on through across the upper midwest, throughout the great lakes and cleveland just about to get hit there as well. a few of these thunderstorms can be severe, ton. mainly wind makers and maybe some hail. >> thank you, jacqui jeras. we have some developing news for you. working in washington where lawmakers and president obama are trying to reach a deal on raising the debt ceiling. there could possibly be some
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movement. what's going on? >> reporter: i'm standing in the rotunda of the capitol wait forge this meeting to wrap up. we were able to going at the beginning of this meeting between the democratic and republican leaders all together in a conference in john boehner's office. to be honest we were met with stoney face and silence. clearly they were not ready to give anything away to the cameras as we walk in. we were told they were getting together. to push this process forward and that we've been told by aides they are resolved to come to some agreement but how to get there remains a very big question. you and i talked just a short time ago about house speaker john boehner has been kind of floating to his members on a conference call earlier today he's trying to push a package of $3 to $4 trillion in cuts in a
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two step process. it's unclear right now if democrats are ready to sign on to that. >> speaker boehner was hoping to get something done in the next 24 hours. what's behind this sunday deadline. is that indeed so? >> reporter: a little bit of what we're hearing -- a couple of things on that. one is kind of process here on capitol hill. what the speaker has told his members and we heard in a background briefing yesterday they want to get something done for members to review, basically by, at some point tomorrow so they can begin the legislative process, if you will, get the ball rolling on monday in order to beat this deadline. we should note we've heard, don, they would also love to get an agreement reached and out there before the asian markets open. >> kate, we have to run. details at the top of the hour. appreciate you joining us. situation room with wolf blitzer right after this quick break. never goes unnoticed. liberty mutual insurance.
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. texas governor rick perry in the spotlight this week as he considers whether or not to jump into the republican presidential race. let's bring in our chief national correspondent, john king. we have a brand new poll among republicans. these are just republicans. their choice for the nominee mitt romney still ahead. rick perry not officially in 14%. rudy giuliani is not in. i don't think he'll run. he's at 1%. sarah palin we don't know, 13. michelle bachmann doing well at
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12%. still wide-open. >> that's the main point of this poll. it's wide-open. it tells you a lot in that the republican race is wide-open. it tells you very little as to who will win. governor romney the front-runner. leading in new hampshire. gong woman michelle bachmann fifth leading in iowa. the top tier right now of the declared candidates is romney and michelle bachmann and then we'll see where it goes from there. between perry, rudy giuliani and palin that's more than 40%. perry is likely to run. palin we don't think so. rudy giuliani we don't think so. voters are not settled with this field and still look ago round and certainly looking around for a conservative alternative to romney. that's why you have so many people not at the grassroots level, fundraiserers grassroots level. >> let's say he gets in, let's say he gets in.
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does he hurt michelle bachmann more or mitt romney more? >> he could purity them both. nationally he's right there with all of them so he hurts them both. he's taking away oxygen. does he go heavy in iowa, most believe he will. he tried to link up with the tea party in texas. he's a social conservative. does he go to iowa and say i'll make my mark, i'll try to win yain that's a threat to congresswoman michelle bachmann. so then the question is will he play heavy in new hampshire or does he go on to south carolina because iowa tends to pick the conservative candidate, new hampshire picks an alternative candidate. normally you have a different winner. every now and then you get someone who wins new hampshire and iowa. governor perry with raise a lot of money, has a campaign team waiting. he would be a very formidable candidate and would immediately
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change the race. in addition to affecting michelle bachmann and everybody else he would turn the question to palin to decide. >> we have a cnn presidential debate september 12th in tampa. let's see if he's participate field goal he's in by then or still on event. i suspect he'll be in by then. look at this other poll, this poll number this new cnn poll. obama's approval numbers, june 48%, down to 45%. at this point in ronald reagan's presidency it was 44%. all three of them as you know went on to get themselves re-elected. how much should we read into this slight decline in obama's approval number? >> we shouldn't say he can't be re-elected. you can have a slump in your approval rating and be
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re-elected. the most significant factor is the liberals aren't happy with him. so a key question for the president even if they get mad about this deal can he get his base back? he's got time before the election. one thing is significantly different, ronald reagan 8% unemployment, the economy was growing. it had started to come out of recession. bill clinton he had ross perot. so when bill clinton of at 46%. he won the presidency with 43% and won re-election running against bob dole. now the iraq war of getting going there that would be where george w. bush's numbers came down but he went on to win re-election by the time he got to re-election it was a closer dynamic.
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>> long way to go. thanks, john very much. she's the force behind the embattled media giant rupert murdoch. a closer look at the young wife leepg to her husband's defense. plus from the streets to the stage you'll meet the korea's got talent star who is wowing the world.
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you might remember susan boyle the woman whose voice captured the world's attention during her performance on the television show britain's got talent. now korea's got talent has discovered a new voice with an amazing story behind it. here is cnn paula hancock in
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seoul. >> reporter: trying to calm those last minute nerves, he seems just like thousands of other hopefuls on korea's got talent. but he's not. >> reporter: for the next ten years he lived on the streets selling gum and energy drinks. he slept in stairwells or public toilets. and then came this. ♪ >> reporter: this powerful
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baritone voice from a 22-year-old is as impressive as his determination to pull himself from the streets to the stage. his rendition of the italian song, "in my fantasy" reduced the judges and audience to tears. choi says he still feels uncomfortable being a part of the competition. >> reporter: but he did make it through. coming out on top in the first-round of the semi-finals. he told the judges he was both scared and excited by the attention. he's thankful he made it on to
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the show. choi has become an internet sensation. so far well over 10 million people have watched him on youtube. the fact that korea usually rigorously trains and grooms its pop stars before debuting them makes choi's raw talent and success even moire impressive. he's slated to win the competition but one of the judges said even if he doesn't she will help him train. >> amazing story. billions of dollars your money may be missing in afghanistan and you won't believe where it might be going. we have details a disturbing new report that's coming up. plus exhausted and starving. we're tracking desperate efforts under way to flee the worse drought to hit somalia in half a century.
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a disturbing new report now revealing billions of dollars in u.s. taxpayer money may be missing in afghanistan. our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence is here with the details. chris, how is this possible? >> reporter: because of a complete failure of oversight on the parts of the departments of treasury, state and defense, just a complete corruption in afghanistan. look, this federal audit shows that ten years into this war, the u.s. still only has limited visibility over what happens to billions of dollars once we send the money to afghanistan. the inspector general says that makes the money vulnerable not only to fraud but even worse being diverted to insurgents. the u.s. spent more than $70 billion on security and redevelopment in afghanistan, but, again, this audit shows as
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much as $10 million may be smuggled out of afghanistan every day. how does that happen? whenever afghan government officials leave the country no one checks how much money they are carrying with them. again the audit shows afghan officials have no plans to scan their cash through those electronic currency counters. the u.s. may able to keep a better eye on it but they are denied access to the airport where vips are scanned and karzai has banned u.s. from work with the central bank. >> here's the question and i wonder what pentagon officials and other u.s. officials are saying with these problems and billions of dollars simply missing at a time of economic difficulty right here in the united states, so much political uncertainty in afghanistan, why does the united states, why does the obama administration keep send sewing much money to
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afghanistan? >> well, they would say that to pull the plug on some of these projects, to take the cash out, to put some of these afghans out of work while you still have so many u.s. military personnel in the country would be disastrous. on the other hand, even some democrats are now starting to public question whether we're just throwing good money after bad. we spoke with senator claire mccasskill and she's wondering where this money is going. >> we had pallets of cash walk away in iraq and i was hopeful after doing a lot of oversight in iraq we learned lessons from that. this report says those lessons have not been learned. we have to able to track the currency as it floss to contractors, as it floss to sub contract contractors.
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the lack of cooperation is not helping us with our oversight responsibility. if they are not willing to allow us to look over their shoulder as this money floss to the afghanistan economy then maybe it's time not to let that money flow. >> reporter: you know, a monitoring agency that keeps track of these problems, forwarded 21 leads to afghan government officials about possible problems. you want to know how many of those the afghan attorney general followed up with? just four, wolf. >> pretty shocking development. chris lawrence, thanks very much. let's dig deeper right now. joining us the renowned journalist, the co-author of a brand new book called "haunting legacy." good work, marvin. thank you for coming in. the fundamental question and a lot of folks are really worried and you've studied this, you've lived through the vietnam war and you write about it in the book is afghanistan another
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vietnam? >> it could be. it could be. but it doesn't have to be. but what is happening right now and to be one of the most fascinating things in researching this book was obama's part in it. we have to remember that when the vietnam war ended, obama was 13. he had nothing to do with the war. and when he ran for the presidency in 2008 he said i'm post-vietnam, post-1960s kind of president. and yet in every major step he's taken with respect to afghanistan, vietnam has been a kind of uninvited guest in the oval office. every one of his major decision, every one, has been fashioned, the atmosphere around them fashioned by the legacy of the vietnam war. >> because so many of the architects of obama's strategy -- >> yes. >> -- lived through the vietnam war, like general petraeus or bob gates who was then the
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defense secretary. leon panetta, so many others remember as you do as do i what happened in the '60s and early '70s. >> we remembered what happened. one of the things that obama does is he reads history. he's a smart man. he reads history. what he recognizes is he cannot be saddled with the loss of afghanistan. politically that becomes totally unacceptable to him and to the democratic party. >> because i'm not convinced no matter what the u.s. does, when all the dust settles in afghanistan, karzai, whatever, that there's going to be a pro u.s. democratic government there at peace with its neighbors indeed with the rest of the world. i'm very worried about that. >> wolf, one of the most fascinating things to me about chapters 9 and 10 in this book is you get to a point of understanding that american policy right now is summed up in two words. good enough. a policy in afghanistan that allows an american president and
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the american political system to say well we weren't defeated as we were in vietnam, we at least walked out with some part of our head held high. that is what obama wants. and that is what the u.s. structure is trying now to create. a good enough afghan, that's the way they put it, end to this war. >> we used to hear that in vietnam too. >> you heard it in vietnam but now it's really serious. and in vietnam we didn't know what the end was going to be until we were kicked out. but in afghanistan there are a lot of people who worry right now about step by step what is going to happen and right mow the president has decided to kick the can down the road. you go from the beginning of a withdrawal this month as he promised in december of '09. and and rather than complete
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that he says the combat portion should be over. but this could be reversible. this is fragile. they are very worried -- not only politically, but as a great nation, which we are. as a great nation how do you leave a bad deal? >> it's also costing american taxpayers over the next three years about $100 billion a year and i'm not sure american taxpayers want to do that. >> this is exactly one of the things that we explore in the book is the way in which vietnam haunts us today. in early 1970s the congress of the united states decided that vietnam was too costly. and they simply decided to cut the money for the war in vietnam. then the people who ended up losing the war, america lost the war. the only war, by the way, that we have ever lost in our history, so it's understandable and that's the point of the book, you have to explore what
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legacy does a lost war lead on a vibrant major power. >> as you endeavor to point out in this book it leaves a huge legacy over alof these decades. marvin, thanks very much for coming in. thanks for writing the book. the book is entitled "haunting legacy." thank you, marvin. rupert murdoch's wife is getting a lot of attention after she rushed to his defense after a shaving cream attack. we're taking a closer look at the power couple fighting scandal and their may didn't december romance. a region gripped by famine. saving lives could mean working with terrorists.
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somalia has faced many
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enemies over the years but this one can't be defeated by armies. it's drought. it parched the land and left so many people scrambling for food and water. >> reporter: these somalias started waiting outside of the refugee camp since before dawn. some have walked many miles and days. almost noon and still people are waiting to get into the reception area of this camp. these camps are overflowing but still almost 5,000 people come here from somalia each week. mohamed fled with his large family. he explains the choices he faced. >> translator: we could have died if we stayed if we died or lived it's in god's hands but the drought destroyed everything i have. i've come here to live.
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>> reporter: people flee from hunger before they fled from conflict. the first meager rations must last them two weeks. what's needed? >> water, food, shelter and he medical care in equal amounts. land. we need land for people to set told receive their services. >> reporter: these camps were designs for tens of thousands now that number is close to half a million. it's the largest refugee camp in the world. it's the children who are suffering the most. like maria who is 2 but weighs as much as a newborn. or aren't den who is too sick to eat so he's fed through a tube. >> when they arrive they have some five pound of supplies. as soon as they run out of food and basic necessities that's when they dome the hospital. when they come they get a small ration. >> reporter: otherwise they end
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up here on the wind blasted outskirts of the camp. they must walk miles to get water and wait days for food. they say even this suffering is better than horror they left behind. >> on top of all of this there's a catch 22 in the crisis important the u.n.. helping famine victims means working potentially with an al qaeda affiliate. let's go to the pentagon. other correspondent barbara starr is working the story. explain what this catch 22 is all about? >> reporter: there's a long standing group operating in southern somalia. they are an al qaeda affiliate and they have been gaining strength in controlling territory in that part of somalia for some time. this is the region where so many somalis are at risk. and the group banned aid groups from two years ago coming into
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the region and offering help. a few weeks ago they said okay they would let aide groups in. but within the last few hours now they said no, they reversed their position and they once again are banning international aid groups from coming in to somalia and help these people. the obama administration says it will not cut a deal with this group. it will not support aid going in if it means paying bribes, paying their so-called taxes. the catch 22 here fundamentally is that u.s. entities cannot deal with declared terrorist groups, that's what it is. and that's what making it even complicated now to get aid to these desperate people. >> are other european, other african countries, international nation, the u.n., what are they doing? >> there are a number of both
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european countries and islamic relief organizations from islamic nations that have been stepping in over the last month trying to help pick up this slack from the u.s. regulations that do not permit dealing with terrorist groups. but even getting into somalia is very tough and operating there is very tough. we had one very senior u.s. official tell us that aid groups essentially would be stepping into a civil war in somalia, that they cannot trust the group to keep any of their promises. the united nations, the world food program, the united nations development program and groups like c.a.r.e. international have been trying to get back into international. but this latest move to ban them is tough going. >> unicef is trying to help those refugees streaming into neighboring kenya. i want to alert our viewers in the united states and around the
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world you can impact your world, go to cnn.com/impact and find out how you can help these starving people suffering in africa flight. in the midst of an international phone hacking scandal the media mogul rupert murdoch may have a secret weapon, his wife. we'll take a closer look at her background and their relationship. and something to laugh about during this oppressive heat wave. ♪ we believe doing the right thing never goes unnoticed. liberty mutual insurance.
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the wife of embattled media mogul rupert murdoch is proving she's a force to be reckoned week. during this week's showdown with parliament she leapt to her husband's defense with a protester hit him in the face with a shaving woman behind the man at the center of this widening tabloid scandal? we have a closer look at this amazing woman. she's got quite a resume there. >> she does, wolf. wendy deng murdoch took us by surprise when she sprang into action to defend her husband. her toughness and resilience come as no surprise. when she lunged at the man with a shaving cream pie, wendi deng murdoch did more than just protect her husband, she left some witnesses surprised. millions of chinese cheering, and those who know her story, nodding. >> she is tough. she has taken the cards that life has dealt her, and she's played them to the hilt.
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>> reporter: and wendi deng was the daughter of a factory engineer, a student who excelled in volleyball. according to published reports, wendi deng befriended an american couple, they taught her english and sponsored herviews amp she lived with them in the u.s. in the 1980s. then according to reports had an affair with the husband. the couple divorced, then wendi deng married the man. >> she stayed married long enough to get a green card. some see it as ruthless, others see it as something that happens, and there -- i've got to say there are many, many chinese women who would trade plays -- places with wendi in a nano heartbeat. >> reporter: while married to the divorced american, wendi deng had an affair with another man. she divorced, married the other
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man, and that marriage later ended in divorce. in the mid 1990s, she earned an mba from yale, then landed an internship with rupert murdoch's star tv. after winning murdoch's attention, wendi deng, 38 years younger, married the tycoon. they have two young daughters together. she's had various positions in his asian-based companies and produced a recent movie, "snow flower and the secret fan." >> our destinies are tied forever -- >> reporter: through it all, her main ambition has been to protect the interests of her daughters. what was the situation between her and the children? >> there was apparently tension when the question of the murdoch will was dealt with. she made absolutely sure that the two children she's had with rupert murdoch have been included in the settlement that was a bad within the family. one -- a battle within the family. one that she fought for tenaciously and won. >> reporter: she secured her daughters a sizable chunk of news corporation's stock.
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we asked for her story, but her representative declined. we asked for accounts of her personal life and conflicts with the murdoch children. her representative would not comment. >> with all the talk of rupert murdoch no longer able to lead this huge media company, is there any serious talk that his wife wendi deng murdoch could take over? >> most experts say that's probably not likely because they say she has little or no interest in running the company. she does have roles in it. she has interests in the company. but she's seen as james -- it's seen as james murdoch's company to run when rupert murdoch leaves. if she tries to assert a role when rupert murdoch leaves, she's had conflicts with the older murdoch children and might have a fight on her hands if she tries to do that. >> thank you very much. good work. the space shuttle program now history in the united states. stand by to see the end of an era in pictures. [ male announcer ] this...is the network -- a network of possibilities.
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ending the 30-year shuttle program. during 135 missions, the program carried 180 satellites into orbit and led to the creation of more than 100 technologies. the shuttle was moved back to its hangar after its 13-day mission to the international space station. hot shots, a look at the end of an era in u.s. space exploration. nearly half of the u.s. population is suffering through a stifling heat wave. and if the word stifling isn't descriptive enough for you, there are plenty of other words to drive home the point. here's cnn's jeanne moos. >> reporter: you know it's really, really hot when the weather forecast reads like a romance novel. >> what a scorcher! >> sweltering! >> flirting with 100. >> you love the hot weather? >> i love to. >> because you are hot. >> reporter: sometimes the word hot just doesn't generate enough heat. >> pressure cooker. >> reporter: especially if you're a weatherman looking for new ways to say the same old thing. >> we really got blowtorching
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heat coming, tomorrow we're back on the burner, not the back burner, the burner. the wheels come off the wagon. >> reporter: while we're gasping for air like fish out of water, reporter are taking the temperature on the grass -- >> 155 degrees. >> reporter: in the new york subway. >> the temperature reads 100 degrees. >> reporter: on a swing? >> 131 degrees. >> reporter: we're talking heat so oppressive sometimes it's hard to spit out the word. >> the heat indices -- heat -- the heat and humidity combined -- >> reporter: the wave being christened with a four-letter word meaning an area of high pressure that's compressing hot, moist air beneath it. >> we're going to turn to the heat dome. >> whether we say heat dome -- >> this hot dome -- >> the big dome. >> reporter: all this talk of domes conjures up visions of heat-radiating ufos. >> a giant heat dome surrounded by a ring of fire. ♪ i fell into a burning ring of
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fire ♪ >> reporter: put water on. it the heat wave is alive. >> shows the heat gobbling up most of the country like a virus. >> reporter: if you want to see the newscasters most appropriately dressed for the heat wave -- >> welcome to naked news and brief -- >> reporter: and in brief even they are covering. >> what officials call a heat dome. >> reporter: at least the heat dome left al roker feeling hot. >> when will it end? al has some answers. >> reporter: it's not every day al gets labeled too hot to handle. the heat wave brings out a wave of weather chefs. >> we put this egg in this pan out under the sun for about an hour. this is the result. it's fried right to the pan. >> reporter: the julia child of weather reporting is abc's matt gutman cooking steaks. >> we're going to see if we can cook it on the dashboard this car. dashboard reads 151 degrees. we came back about two hour later. it's proenl about medium -- probably about medium well. >> reporter: well done, now let's see you eat it. ♪ and